The event lowdown

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The COVID-19 pandemic continues to play havoc with the pharmacy events calendar. Here’s a rundown of the latest news on upcoming events

Pharmacy Guild releases 2021 event calendar

The Pharmacy Guild of Australia has released a packed 2021 event calendar.

Convenor of APP and Pharmacy Connect and former Guild national president, Kos Sclavos, said that events will play a major role in building strategies and solutions to help the pharmacy industry recover from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

“With all our 2020 events either held in a virtual format or cancelled altogether, the Guild is looking forward to meeting face‑to‑face with our members, colleagues and industry,” Kos said.

“We need to come together as an industry to discuss the lessons learnt from the pandemic and how we can build greater resilience in the future.”

“While social distancing and other government restrictions will entail some changes to the traditional format of our events, our number one priority will be the safety and wellbeing of attendees.”

Guild event dates for 2021 are:

Pharmacy Groups Symposium
8–10 February, Sofitel Brisbane Central
(invitation only event)

Tasmanian Pharmacy Conference
20–21 February, Crowne Plaza Hobart

20–23 May, Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre

Pharmacy Connect 2021
12–14 August, Hilton Sydney 

Pharmacy WA Forum
26–27 August,
Crown Perth Conference Centre

Pharmacy Assistant National Conference
22–23 October, Sofitel Brisbane Central, Qld 
Super early bird registrations opened Monday, 19 October 2020

2021 PSA events calendar

2021 PSA Therapeutic Updates

PSA’s Annual Therapeutic Updates (ATU) attract pharmacists from across Australia looking to update their skills or knowledge, hear about new developments in medicines and treatment protocols, and looking to build relationships with colleagues and others in the pharmaceutical space.

The PSA runs therapeutic updates in four states throughout the year, with a mixture of lectures and workshops across clinical and management areas.

All state conferences will also announce state award winners at a drinks and canapes social function.

ATU dates for 2021 are:

NSW/ACT – 13/14 March, Novotel Manly
Qld – 19/20 March, QT Gold Coast
WA – 8 May, Hyatt Regency Perth
Vic/Tas – Sept/Oct (Dates & location tbc)

PSA 21
Friday 30 July – Sunday 1 August 2021, Hyatt Regency Sydney.

Attain events calendar

Pharmacy Ownership Ready Conference 2020

The 2020 conference was scheduled for May 2020, but due to COVID-19 was unable to be held.

This year’s conference is now an online version with pre-recorded video sessions, so the content can be shared with pharmacists as soon as possible.

The video sessions are now live. They include:

  • How to buy a good Pharmacy at a great price
  • How to assess the potential of a business
  • Understanding financial statements
  • Dealing with brokers, solicitors and other parties in the transaction
  • Partnerships and other options
  • The real cost of money and borrowing
  • The Pharmacy valuation process and what factors impact a valuation
  • The Legal Essentials of buying a pharmacy
  • Due Diligence tips and traps
  • Pharmacy leases 

Click here for more information on the videos


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